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Review: Beauty and the Beast


IMDB Summary:   

An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.



My Review:

First, I love the original Beauty and the Beast like a lot of people. I knew this was going to be pretty similar to that, but I loved this one because while it had all the same elements, it also answered a lot of plot hole questions! There were things in the original that I didn’t have answers to and now I do!

Loved the opening scene! But anything that has that Marie Antoinette vibe, gets me all kinds of excited! Huge fist pump!

The classic songs were intertwined with new songs, which I actually liked! Luke Evans and Josh Gad were awesome as Gaston and Lefou. Emma made the perfect Belle and swoon alert for Dan Stevens! Loved all the side characters! Heck, I loved this entire movie!



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Review: A Cure for Wellness


IMDB Summary:

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem.



My Review:

I don’t even know where to start with this one. I was pretty pumped and liked most of it, but then things got really odd! I loved the sounds and visionary aspects throughout, though.

Lockhart was annoying, why he didn’t crutch his way out of there in the first place was ridiculous. I couldn’t connect with Hannah or why Lockhart was even bothering with worrying about her.

The only actor I liked was Jason Isaacs because he had that whole creep factor going on, and you didn’t know whether to trust him or not. Like I said, it was good until it got super strange in the end which could have been cool, but it did not work here.


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Movie Review: Split


IMDB Summary:

After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 distinct personalities they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away and staying alive from the others.

My Review:

So, we all know that M. Knight has a hit or miss when it comes to his movies. The Village is my absolute favorite out of all his movies. Even though a lot of people didn’t like it back in 2004, because it wasn’t what they thought it was going to be. To me, I loved it. It reminded me of Running Out of Time; a middle grade book that I read back in the 90’s. Anyways, I am getting off topic here.

Split was a hit for me. I may be biased because I L.O.V.E. almost all of James McAvoy’s movies. Even if it was a different actor, I still would have liked it. I’m a big fan of movies that have different personalities. Going from one character to another has got to be difficult, and it was sooooooooo good here.


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The kidnapped girls, I feel like I would have done things differently in their situations, but I have never been in their situation. So, would I really have? Or, am I all talk? I thought Anya Taylor-Joy was a little mechanical, but her backstory had me understanding why she was the way she was.

The pacing had me wanting to know what was going to happen, and were these “bad personalities” all talk and no show about a beast? We do come to find out. Also, there is a cameo that had me leaping for joy. If you haven’t seen this movie I am talking about, you might not know!

Go check it out for yourself!


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Review: A Monster Calls


IMDB Summary:

A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mum’s terminal illness.



My Review:

I really liked this movie, but be prepared to be depressed! As always, I could listen to Liam Neeson’s voice all the time. He just has that type of voice, and it worked perfectly with the monster.

This is a story about a boy losing his mother to cancer and trying to figure out a way to cope with it. Even by not seeing their whole past relationship, you as the audience can feel the bond between Conor and his mom.

The special effects were really good, and there were flashes of a couple of stories that the tree tells to Conor. Those parts were some of my favorite scenes with the cartoon type style.

Conor’s Dad is both likable and not, but you can tell that he is trying. I though Sigourney Weaver was really good too, but what was going on with the British accent?? Felicity Jones is becoming one of my favorite actresses because I can always feel her emotions. Conor had me feeling his rage and sadness especially in the destruction scene.

Overall, a good movie. Some kids may get scared or not understand the overall message, but I took my seven year old to see, and she loved it!


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Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


IMDB Summary: 

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.


My Review:

So, I still have only actually read the first two Harry Potter books. I am also not even a big fan of most of the movies, but this one looked really good. My daughter wanted to see it, so that meant I had to take her to see it.

I actually really enjoyed it, and it was awesome seeing all the creatures especially when the characters would go inside of Newt’s briefcase. I loved Eddie Redmayne’s character Newt and how he was adorably awkward. Tina and her sister were awesome, Credence was creepy, but Kowalski stole the show! Kowalski was hilarious!

The movie itself had a lot of darkness to it that kept me hooked. Colin Farrell once again had a terrible haircut, as he does in all of his movies. I should have looked at the casting list because I didn’t realize Johnny Depp was in it… I am so tired of seeing him!

There was loads of action, the special effects were amazing, and overall it is a must see even if you aren’t a big Harry Potter fan.



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Movie Review: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Title: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life


Imdb Summary:

Imaginative quiet teenager Rafe Katchadorian is tired of his middle school’s obsession with the rules at the expense of any and all creativity. Desperate to shake things up, Rafe and his best friends have come up with a plan: break every single rule in the school and let the students run wild.

My Review:

So first off I would not have seen this movie to begin with if it were not for my daughter who has been wanting to see it since she saw the trailer over the summer. As an adult it is one of the worst movies I have seen in my life, and I am sure my younger self would have hated it as well. My daughter however absolutely loved it.

The only characters I liked were Mr. Teller and the mom’s boyfriend. The rest were just trying too hard. The only thing I was excited about was that Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite was going to be in it, but he might as well have not been in it because he had like approximately one line in the whole movie!

The pranks that Rafe pulls, example the post-it one, there would be no way that that could have been done in the time that he did it. I get it this movie was supposed to be far fetched which is fine, but it was borderline ridiculous.

The slight romance was out of place and quite cringe worthy and would have been better without it. There were scenes that they tried to pull the heart strings from the audience, but I was already so bored with the movie that I just didn’t care. Just because I was not a fan of the movie does not mean you would not be a fan because obviously my seven year old was already asking me to buy the movie after we saw it. Hopefully she forgets that it ever existed, so I don’t have to watch it ever on the small screen.


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Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children



Tim Burton


Ransom Riggs (based upon the novel written by), Jane Goldman (screenplay)

Imdb Summary:
When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.
My Review:
First thing first I still have not read this series yet, but I love most of Tim Burton’s movies. I liked the fact that this had an x-men feel with the kids having powers or peculiarities, but didn’t dress like comic book characters. As with most Tim Burton movies the atmosphere drew me completely in with the music and the costumes especially when the main character Jacob gets to Miss Peregrine’s home. Eva Green is amazing as usual!
Jake was an alright character but a little boring, and he has just lost his grandfather. He goes with his father (who is ridiculous) to Miss Peregrine’s to prove that these oddities are not real. He then meets Emma who was my favorite character. She can do all sorts of amazing things, but I heard in the book she is actually the one with the fire powers instead of Olive. Not sure why they reversed their powers… I guess so that Emma could do cooler things vs set stuff on fire.
The scene with Enoch when he brings these toy things to life was really cool because it was like a stop action sequence. The creatures or monsters that are after the peculiars were super creepy which I like anything creepy. The smaller peculiar children were so cute I wanted to hug them all!
I was already worried about Samuel L. Jackson because he is not one of my favorite actors, but he was actually okay in this.  The slight romance that was going on between Jake and Emma was kind of odd, but other than that I loved it! Definitely go see it!
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